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Chloë Sevigny
Chloe Sevigny Horror premiere 2015.jpg
Sevigny at the premiere of #Horror at the Museum of Modern Art, 2015
Born Chloë Stevens Sevigny
(1974-11-18) November 18, 1974 (age 41)
Springfield, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress, fashion designer, model
Years active 1995–present
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Partner(s) Harmony Korine (1995–2001)

Chloë Stevens Sevigny (/ˈkl. ˈsɛvəni/;[2][3] born November 18, 1974) is an American actress, fashion designer, director and former model. Sevigny was discovered on the street in New York City in 1992 by a magazine editor, who offered her jobs both modeling and interning at Sassy Magazine, a teen magazine aimed at girls with alternative tastes.[4] In 1994, she attracted the attention of journalist Jay McInerney, who wrote a 7-page article about her for The New Yorker, in which he called a then 19-year-old Sevigny the "coolest girl in the world."[5]

Sevigny made her film debut with a lead role in the controversial film Kids (1995), written by her then boyfriend Harmony Korine and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance. A long line of roles in generally well-received independent and often experimental films throughout the decade established Sevigny's reputation as "Queen of the Indies."[6] In 1999, Sevigny gained recognition outside of the independent film world for her role as Lana Tisdel in the true story Boys Don't Cry, earning her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Despite her brush with mainstream success, Sevigny continued acting in mostly independent art house films, such as American Psycho (2000), Party Monster (2003), and Dogville (2003). Her role in the art house film The Brown Bunny (2003) caused significant controversy because of a scene in which she performs unsimulated fellatio. Her films since then have included Melinda and Melinda (2004), Manderlay (2005), and Zodiac (2007), the latter of which marked Sevigny's transition into a more big budget studio picture.

From 2006 to 2011, Sevigny played the polygamist Nicolette Grant in the HBO television series Big Love, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in 2010. She then appeared in several television projects, including lead roles in Hit & Miss (2012) and American Horror Story: Hotel (2015–2016), and recurring roles on American Horror Story: Asylum (2012–2013), Bloodline (2014), and Portlandia. Sevigny has two Off-Broadway theatre credits, and has starred in several music videos. She has also designed several wardrobe collections, most recently with Manhattan's Opening Ceremony boutique.[7] The short film Kitty, which Sevigny directed, closed the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[8]

Early life[edit]

Sevigny was born in Springfield, Massachusetts,[9][10] the second child of Janine (née Malinowski) and H. David Sevigny.[11] She has one older brother, Paul.[12] Her mother is Polish American, and her father was of French Canadian heritage.[13] Sevigny was raised in Darien, Connecticut,[14] where her father worked as an accountant turned local art teacher.[15] Sevigny's father died of cancer in 1996.[13] Despite Darien's affluence, Sevigny's parents had a "frugal" household, and were considered "the poor bohemians in [an] extremely prosperous neighborhood."[15] Sevigny expressed interest in acting as a child, and spent summers attending theatre camp, with leading roles in plays run by the YMCA.[2][16] She was raised Roman Catholic,[16][17][18][19] and attended Darien High School, where she was a member of the Alternative Learning Program. While in high school, she often babysat actor Topher Grace and his younger sister.[20] As a teenager, she worked sweeping the tennis courts of a country club her family could not afford to join.[21]

During her teenage years, Sevigny became rebellious: "I was very well-mannered, and my mother was very strict. But I did hang out at the Mobil station and smoke cigarettes."[22][23] Between her junior and senior year of high school, she shaved her head and sold her hair to a Broadway wigmaker.[16] She openly admitted to using drugs as a teenager, especially hallucinogens. She has commented that her father was aware of her experimentation with hallucinogens and marijuana, and even told her that it was okay, but that she had "to stop if she had bad trips".[24] Despite her father's leniency, her mother later chose to send her to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. In 2007, she told The Times that "I had a great family life – I would never want it to look as if it reflected on them. I think I was very bored, and I did just love taking hallucinogens... but I often feel it's because I experimented when I was younger that I have no interest as an adult. I know a lot of adults who didn't, and it's much more dangerous when you start experimenting with drugs as an adult." She often described herself as a "loner" and a "depressed teenager". Her only extracurricular activity was occasionally skateboarding with her older brother, and she spent most of her free time in her bedroom: "Mostly I sewed. I had nothing better to do, so I made my own clothes."[23]

Career[edit]

1992–94: Beginnings[edit]

As a teenager, Sevigny would occasionally ditch school in Darien and catch the train into Manhattan.[25] In 1992, at age 17, she was spotted on an East Village street by Andrea Linett, a fashion editor of Sassy magazine, who was so impressed by her style that she asked her to model for the magazine; she was later made an intern.[13] When recounting the event, Sevigny was ambivalent about it, stating that "the woman at Sassy just liked the hat I was wearing".[26] She later modeled in the magazine as well as for X-girl, the subsidiary fashion label of the Beastie Boys' "X-Large", designed by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth, which then led to an appearance in the music video for Sonic Youth's "Sugar Kane".

In 1993, at age 19, Sevigny relocated from her Connecticut hometown to an apartment in Brooklyn, and worked as a seamstress.[27] During that time, author Jay McInerney spotted her around New York City and wrote a seven-page article about her for The New Yorker in which he dubbed her the new "it girl" and referred to her as one of the "coolest girls in the world".[28] She subsequently appeared on the album cover of Gigolo Aunts' 1994 recording Flippin' Out and the EP Full-On Bloom,[29] as well as a Lemonheads music video which further increased her reputation in New York's early 1990s underground scene.

1995–98: Early work[edit]

Sevigny encountered young screenwriter and aspiring director Harmony Korine in Washington Square Park in New York City during her senior year of high school in 1993.[26][30] The two became close friends, which resulted in her being cast in the low-budget independent film Kids (1995).[13][31] Directed by Larry Clark and written by Korine, Sevigny plays a New York teenager who discovers she is HIV positive. According to Sevigny, she was originally cast in a much smaller role in the film, but ended up replacing Canadian actress Mia Kirshner. Just two days before production began, the leading role went to the then-19-year-old Sevigny, who had no professional acting experience;[2][32] she said of her casting in the role, "Harmony [Korine] just thought I was this sweet, cute girl and he liked my blonde hair."[26] Nonetheless, Kids was highly controversial; the film was given an NC-17 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America for its graphic depiction of sexuality and recreational substance and drug use involving teenagers.[33] Despite its controversy, Kids was taken note of critically and commercially: respected film critic Janet Maslin considered the film a "wake-up call to the modern world" about the nature of the American youth in contemporary urban settings.[34] Sevigny's performance was praised, with critics noting that she brought a tenderness to the chaotic, immoral nature of the film: "Sevigny provided the warm, reflective center in this feral film".[35] She ended up receiving an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.

Sevigny followed Kids with actor/director Steve Buscemi's independent film Trees Lounge (1996), starring in a relatively small role as Buscemi's object of affection. During this time, director Mary Harron (after having seen Kids) offered Sevigny a minor part in her film, I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Harron tracked Sevigny down to the SoHo clothing store Liquid Sky, where she was working at the time. Sevigny then gave her first audition ever, but ultimately decided to turn down the part;[26] she would later work with Harron on American Psycho (2000). Instead of taking the part in I Shot Andy Warhol, Sevigny starred in and worked as a fashion designer on Gummo (1997),[36] directed and written by Harmony Korine, who was romantically involved with Sevigny during filming.[36][37] Gummo was as controversial as Sevigny's debut; set in Xenia, Ohio, the film depicts an array of nihilistic characters in a poverty-stricken small-town America, and presents issues such as drug and sexual abuse as well as anti-social alienated youth in Midwestern America.[38] In retrospection to the confronting nature of the film, Sevigny cited it as one of her favorite projects: "Young people love that movie. It's been stolen from every Blockbuster in America. It's become a cult film".[26] The film was dedicated to Sevigny's father, who died prior to the film's release.[39]

After Gummo, Sevigny starred in the neo-noir thriller Palmetto (1998), playing a young Florida kidnapee alongside Woody Harrelson. She then had a leading role as a Hampshire College graduate in the sardonic period piece The Last Days of Disco (1998), alongside Kate Beckinsale. The film was written and directed by cult director Whit Stillman and details the rise and fall of the Manhattan club scene in the "very early 1980s".[40] Stillman said of Sevigny: "Chloë is a natural phenomenon. You're not directing, she's not performing—it's just real."[36] Janet Maslin of The New York Times wrote that Sevigny "is seductively demure" in her performance as Alice.[41] The film was generally well received, but was not a box-office success in the United States, only grossing $3 million[42]—it has since become somewhat of a success as a cult film.[43]

Aside from film work, Sevigny starred in a 1998 Off-Broadway production of Hazelwood Jr. High, which tells the true story of the 1992 murder of Shanda Sharer; Sevigny played 17-year-old Laurie Tackett, one of four girls responsible for torturing and murdering 12-year-old Sharer.[44] Sevigny was reportedly so emotionally disturbed after playing the role that she began attending Catholic Mass again.[16][19]

1999–2003: Boys Don't Cry, breakthrough[edit]

Sevigny was cast in the independent drama Boys Don't Cry (1999) after director Kimberly Peirce saw her performance in The Last Days of Disco.[36][45] Sevigny's role in Boys Don't Cry—a biographical film of trans man Brandon Teena,[46] who was raped and murdered in Humboldt, Nebraska in 1993—was responsible for her rise to prominence and her mainstream success.[47][48] Sevigny played Lana Tisdel, a young woman who fell in love with Teena, initially unaware of the fact that he was designated female at birth and continued the relationship despite learning about his birth gender. Boys Don't Cry received high praise from critics, and was a moderate box-office success.[49] Sevigny's performance was singled out as one of the film's strong points and was widely embraced as one of the best acted films of that year: The Los Angeles Times noted that Sevigny "plays the role with haunting immediacy,"[50] Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun Times stated that "it is Sevigny who provides our entrance into the story"[51] and Rolling Stone wrote that Sevigny gives a "performance that burns into the memory".[52] Director Kimberly Peirce echoed the same feelings of the critics: "Chloë just surrendered to the part. She watched videos of Lana. She just became her very naturally. She's not one of those Hollywood actresses who diets and gets plastic surgery. You never catch her acting."[26] The role earned Sevigny Best Supporting Actress nominations for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.[53] Sevigny won an Independent Spirit Award, a Satellite Award, and a Sierra Award for her performance.[54]

Following Boys Don't Cry, Sevigny had a supporting role in American Psycho, based on the controversial 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Sevigny plays the office assistant of Patrick Bateman, played by Christian Bale, a 1980s Manhattan yuppie-turned-serial killer. The film, as was its source novel, was controversial because of its depiction of graphic violence and sexuality in an upper-class Manhattan society.[55] In addition, she reunited with Kids writer and Gummo director Harmony Korine for the experimental Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), playing the pregnant sister of a schizophrenic man. Though it never saw a major theatrical release, it garnered some critical praise; Roger Ebert gave the film his signature thumbs up, referring to it as "Freaks shot by the Blair Witch crew", and continuing to say, "The odds are good that most people will dislike this film and be offended by it. For others, it will provoke sympathy rather than scorn".[56] Sevigny followed Julien with a small part in the drama film A Map of the World (1999), opposite Sigourney Weaver.

Between 1998 and 2000, Sevigny moved back to Connecticut to live with her mother,[57] and appeared as a lesbian in the Emmy Award-winning television movie If These Walls Could Talk 2 (2000), the sequel to the HBO television drama-film If These Walls Could Talk (1996).[36] Sevigny reportedly took the role in the film in order to help pay her mother's mortgage payment, and has credited it as the only film she ever made for financial benefit.[36] Following this appearance, Sevigny was approached for a supporting role in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde alongside Reese Witherspoon and offered $500,000; she declined and the role was given to Selma Blair.[36] Instead, she starred in Olivier Assayas' French techno thriller Demonlover (2002) alongside Connie Nielsen, for which she was required to learn her lines in French.[31] Sevigny described shooting the film as "strange", in the sense that director Assayas hardly spoke to her during the filming, which she said was difficult because of the lack of "input".[58] After spending nearly three months in France to complete Demonlover, Sevigny returned to New York to film the club kid biopic, Party Monster (2003); coincidentally, Sevigny in fact knew several of the people depicted in the film (Michael Alig and James St. James included), whom she met during her frequent trips to New York City's club scene as a teenager.[16]

Sevigny then obtained a role in Lars von Trier's parable film Dogville (2003), playing one of the various residents of a small mountain town, alongside Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, and Paul Bettany; the film received mixed reactions, and was criticized by critics Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper as being "anti-American".[59] Sevigny re-united with former Boys Don't Cry star Peter Sarsgaard for the biographical film Shattered Glass (2003), also alongside Hayden Christensen, about the career of Stephen Glass, a journalist whose reputation is destroyed when his widespread journalistic fraud was exposed. Sevigny played a co-editor of Glass's.

2004–06: The Brown Bunny controversy[edit]

Sevigny at a press conference for Melinda and Melinda

In 2003, Sevigny took on the lead female role in the art house film The Brown Bunny (2003), which details a lonely traveling motorcycle racer reminiscing about his former lover. The film achieved notoriety for its final scene, which involves Sevigny performing unsimulated fellatio on star and director Vincent Gallo.[36][60] The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and opened to significant controversy and criticism from audiences and critics.[61] She went on to defend the movie, "It's a shame people write so many things when they haven't seen it. When you see the film, it makes more sense. It's an art film. It should be playing in museums. It's like an Andy Warhol movie."[62] After the film's release at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, the William Morris Agency terminated Sevigny as a client.[63] The agency believed the scene was "one step above pornography", and claimed that Sevigny's career "may never recover".[64] In an interview with The Telegraph in 2003, when asked if she regretted the film, she responded: "No, I was always committed to the project on the strength of Vincent alone. I have faith in his aesthetic [...] I try to forgive and forget, otherwise I'd just become a bitter old lady."[65]

Despite the backlash toward the film, some critics praised Sevigny's performance; Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said, "Actresses have been asked and even bullied into performing similar acts for filmmakers since the movies began, usually behind closed doors. Ms. Sevigny isn't hiding behind anyone's desk. She says her lines with feeling and puts her iconoclasm right out there where everyone can see it; she may be nuts, but she's also unforgettable."[66] Roger Ebert, although critical of The Brown Bunny, nevertheless noted that Sevigny brought "a truth and vulnerability" to the film.[67]

I've done it in everyday life. Everybody's done it, or had it done to them. It was tough, the toughest thing I've ever done, but Vincent was very sensitized to my needs, very gentle. It was one take. It was funny and awkward—we both laughed quite a bit. And we'd been intimate in the past, so it wasn't so weird. If you're not challenging yourself and taking risks, then what's the point of being an artist?

– Sevigny discusses the sex scene in The Brown Bunny[68]

Despite her agency's disapproval of the film (and fear that the actress might have forever tarnished her career), she continued on with various projects.[69] Sevigny had a major supporting role as a Manhattanite in Woody Allen's two-sided tragicomedy, Melinda and Melinda (2004), which Sevigny referred to as being a "pleasing" experience.[20] She subsequently guest-starred on the popular television show Will & Grace, and a string of film roles followed, including a small role in Lars von Trier's sequel to Dogville, titled Manderlay (2005), as well as a bit part alongside Bill Murray in Broken Flowers (2005). Sevigny also played one of several lovers of New York doctor Herman Tarnower in the HBO television film Mrs. Harris (2005) alongside Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley. Sevigny then had a major role as a Catholic nun visiting Africa in one of three stories in 3 Needles (2005), an anthology dealing with the prevalence of AIDS in various parts of the world. Sevigny's performance in the film was praised; Dennis Harvey of Variety called her performance in the film "convincing",[70] while Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times also referred to Sevigny as "ever-daring and shrewd".[71] Shortly after 3 Needles, Sevigny played the lead character in the experimental indie-film Lying (2006) with Jena Malone and Leelee Sobieski, playing a pathological liar who gathers three female acquaintances for a weekend at her upstate New York country house; the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. She also had a leading part in Douglas Buck's 2006 remake of the Brian De Palma horror film Sisters (1973).

2007–11: Big Love[edit]

Sevigny at the premiere of Barry Munday in Austin, Texas, 2010

In 2006, Sevigny began her five-season run in the HBO television series Big Love, about a family of fundamentalist Mormon polygamists. She played Nicolette Grant, the conniving, shopaholic daughter of a cult leader and second wife to a polygamist husband, played by Bill Paxton. Sevigny found even more mainstream success with a role in her first big-budget production[72] as Robert Graysmith's wife Melanie in David Fincher's Zodiac (2007), telling the true story of San Francisco's infamous Zodiac killer. In 2009, Sevigny starred in the independent psychological thriller film The Killing Room, and Werner Herzog's My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, a crime horror film based on murderer Mark Yavorsky, produced by David Lynch. Sevigny also had a voice part in the independent documentary film, Beautiful Darling (2010), narrating the life of trans woman Warhol superstar Candy Darling through Darling's diaries and personal letters.[73] Throughout 2009, Sevigny continued working on Big Love's fourth season; when filming the series, she spent six months of the year living outside of Los Angeles near Santa Clarita, away from her home in New York City.[74]

In January 2010, Sevigny won a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in the third season of Big Love. The series itself also received nominations in two other categories.[75] During a press conference following the award win, Sevigny addressed the repressed women living in the fundamentalist Mormon compounds: "These women are kept extremely repressed. They should be helped. They don't even know who the president of the United States is."[76] In addition, she had various screening credits that year: Sevigny landed major roles in two independent comedy films: Barry Munday and Mr. Nice[77] in Munday, Sevigny plays the sister of a homely woman who is expecting a child by a recently castrated womanizer (opposite Patrick Wilson and Judy Greer); in Mr. Nice, she had a leading role as British marijuana-trafficker Howard Marks' wife, alongside Rhys Ifans; the film was based on Marks' autobiography of the same name. In a later interview with The A.V. Club, Sevigny was asked if she felt that the show's message was that polygamy was "wrong". In response, Sevigny stated: "No, absolutely not. I think there are more parallels to gay rights and alternative lifestyles within Big Love—more so than "Polygamy is wrong." I think they actually condone people who decide to live this lifestyle outside of fundamentalist sects."[78] During the same interview, Sevigny stated her disappointment with the series' fourth season, calling it "awful" and "very telenovela"—though she stated that she loves her character and the writing, she felt the show "got away from itself."[78][79] Sevigny later regretted making the statements,[80] saying she was very "exhausted" and "wasn't thinking about what [she] was saying"; she also apologized to the show's producers. "[I didn't want them to think] that I was biting the hand that feeds me, because I obviously love the show and have always been nothing but positive about it. And I didn't want anybody to misunderstand me or think that I wasn't, you know, appreciative."[80]

In March 2010, Sevigny attended the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin for the premiere of both Barry Munday and Mr. Nice;[81] Barry Munday was picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures several months later. In June 2010, it was announced that Sevigny would be starring in a leading role in M. Blash's second film The Wait, alongside Jena Malone and Luke Grimes; it is a psychological thriller about two sisters who decide to keep their recently deceased mother in their house after receiving a phone call that she will be resurrected. The film marks Sevigny's second time working with both Blash and Malone, following 2006's Lying. Filming began on June 20, 2010, in Sisters, Oregon.[82]

2012–present: Television roles, directing[edit]

In 2011, Sevigny traveled to Manchester, England to film the British six-part drama Hit & Miss where she starred as Mia, a pre-op transsexual contract killer.[83] Upon returning to the United States, she guest-starred on Law & Order: SVU on April 18, 2012, and also landed a guest starring role in the second season of American Horror Story, which premiered in October 2012.[84]

Sevigny also starred as a journalist in Lovelace, a biopic about pornographic film actress Linda Lovelace.[85] In 2011, it was reported that Sevigny expressed interest in developing and starring in a mini-series about the infamous accused axe-murderer Lizzie Borden.[86] With Tom Hanks reportedly backing the production of the series, it was reportedly due to begin filming in late 2012.[87] In 2013, Chloe Sevigny was featured as a satellite character, Alexandra, in the TV show Portlandia during its third season on IFC.[88] Also in 2013, Sevigny had a 5-episode guest role on The Mindy Project.[89] In 2014, She starred as Catherine Jensen in the crime drama Those Who Kill, which aired on the A&E Network.[90] It was then re-launched on A&E's sister network, Lifetime Movie Network, on March 30, 2014, after being pulled from A&E after two episodes due to low ratings.[91] The series was subsequently cancelled by the network after its 10 episode first season run.[92]

In March 2015, it was announced Sevigny would be returning to American Horror Story, for its fifth season Hotel, as a main cast member.[93] Sevigny portrayed the role of Alex Lowe, a doctor.[94] That same year, she also starred in the Netflix original series Bloodline.[95] Sevigny also appeared in Tara Subkoff's directorial debut #Horror.[96]

In 2016, Sevigny appeared in the Canadian horror film Antibirth opposite Natasha Lyonne.[97] Sevigny will reunite with The Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman on Love and Friendship, an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel Lady Susan.[98] Both films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival In January 2016.[99] She also has a supporting role in The Snowman (2017), a crime thriller starring Michael Fassbender, which she filmed in Norway in the winter 2016. Sevigny will also make her directorial debut on the short film Kitty which she adapted from Paul Bowle's 1980 short story.[100]

On July 19, 2016, it was announced that Sevigny had joined the cast of Lean on Pete, based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.[101] The film is set to shoot in Portland, Oregon, and the eastern Oregon region.[102]

Fashion career[edit]

A storefront window with a large slanted "Luella" superimposed over a multi-coloured name logo that reads "CHLOË SEVIGNY".
Colette storefront in Paris, advertising Sevigny's Opening Ceremony collection.

Sevigny has long been considered a fashion icon and regularly appears on best dressed lists.[103] Throughout her career, she has modelled for several high profile designers, including Miu Miu,[104] H&M,[105] Louis Vuitton[106] and Chloé.[107] Prior to her career as an actress, she had achieved fame for her unique style. While her sense of style in the early 1990s only reflected small downtown scenes and trends, it still made a significant impression on high class fashion chains which began to emulate Sevigny's look. Her interest in fashion and clothing, as well as her career as a fashion model in her late teenage years and early twenties, have led to a career as a prominent and well-respected fashion designer. She has expressed interest in fashion design throughout the entirety of her career, even dating back to her childhood: "Little House on the Prairie was my favorite show. I would only wear calico print dresses, and I actually slept in one of those little nightcaps!", she told People in 2007.[108] Her unorthodox style (which garnered her initial notoriety in the early '90s) has often been referred to as very eclectic.[109] Sevigny has since released several clothing lines designed by herself, both solo and in collaboration, and has earned a title as a modern fashion icon.[77]

In 2002, she collaborated with Tara Subkoff for the 2003 Imitation of Christ collection in New York City, serving as creative director for the series, which was referred to as being "more about performance art and cultural theory than clothes".[110] Actress Scarlett Johansson also collaborated for the collection.[111] In November 2003, during the time of the event's release, Sevigny lost four of her teeth after tripping and falling in a pair of high-heeled boots; she was said to have been "play wrestling" with co-collaborator Matt Damhave.[112] Sevigny has also done various modeling jobs and magazine spreads; in October 2007, the French fashion house Chloé announced that she would be one of the spokesmodels for their new fragrance. In addition, she appeared in the January 2007 issue of House and Garden titled "Subversive Spirit", which featured a spread on Sevigny's Manhattan apartment. Sevigny's most recent collection was released in fall 2009 for the Manhattan boutique, Opening Ceremony;[113] the collection included both men's, women's, and unisex pieces.[114] The pieces were sold exclusively at Opening Ceremony boutiques (Manhattan and Los Angeles), Barneys (United States), Colette (Paris), and London's Dover Street Market.[115] The series received decidedly mixed reactions.[116] Sevigny's designs for the collection have been seen on Rihanna and Victoria Beckham.[117]

Chloë's not afraid to look different and in looking different, she looks very charismatic. No one in LA gets it. Her attitude is foreign to this city. She is so not Fred Segal.

– Fashion historian Cameron Silver describing Chloe Sevigny's personal style

Critical reception of her fashion and style has been extensively written about by both designers and fashion stylists and has generally proved favorable. American designer Marc Jacobs wrote of Sevigny in 2001: "The fashion world is fascinated by her. Because not only is she talented, young and attractive, she stands out in a sea of often clichéd looking actresses."[118] In terms of her own personal style, Sevigny cited the Australian film Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), which features schoolgirls dressed in elaborate Victorian clothing, as a major inspiration; she has also cited it as one of her favorite films.[119] She has also been outspoken in her favoritism of vintage clothing over designer pieces: "I still prefer to buy vintage over spending it all on one designer", she told The Times.[120] "I'll go to Resurrection or Decades and be like, 'Oh, I'm going to buy everything,' but a lot of it is extremely expensive, so I'll go to Wasteland and satisfy that urge and it's not too hard on the pocketbook. Then there's this place called Studio Wardrobe Department where everything is like three dollars".

During the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography, which runs from April 25 to 28, 2014, Sevigny is a judge of the fashion jury, along with Humberto Leon and Carol Lim.[121] In April 2015, Rizzoli released a picture book celebrating the actress's style legacy, featuring photos of Sevigny through the years, with shots of her as a high school student, on-set photos, scripts and other personal ephemera.[121][122]

Sevigny's distinct fashion is also part of the inspiration for a fictionalized version of herself satirically impersonated by Drew Droege on his YouTube channel.[123]

Personal life[edit]

Sevigny owned an apartment in Manhattan's East Village, which she purchased for $1.2 million in 2006 and sold in March 2013 for $1.85 million.[124] In October 2013, after selling her East Village apartment, she purchased a "classic six" apartment residence, overlooking Prospect Park in Park Slope, Brooklyn for $2 million.[125]

Sevigny's father died when she was in her early 20s, and she stated in a 2006 interview that she came from a "close-knit" family, that she speaks to her mother every day, and that her brother lives three blocks away from her apartment.[126] She suffers from scoliosis, diagnosed when she was a child, though she never received any surgical treatment. She has stated that she practices yoga for relief from the pain caused by the spinal deformity.[16] She is a practicing Roman Catholic, although she admits that she rebelled against religion as a teenager. She said she began attending church services again after playing a Satan-worshipping teenage murderer in a 1998 Off-Broadway production of Hazelwood Junior High, claiming that she became "really disturbed" and "started having nightmares and thinking horrible things".[16][19]

Sevigny has had various relationships with men, though in 2006 she stated to the New York Post Gossip column: "I've questioned issues of gender and sexuality since I was a teenager, and I did some experimenting."[26] In a later interview, she stated that she "wouldn't call herself bisexual", and that she could never see herself in a relationship with a woman.[127] Nonetheless, she has been popular with the gay community throughout her career.[127] Following her relationship with Harmony Korine, which ended in the late 1990s, Sevigny dated British musician Jarvis Cocker, and later Matt McAuley, a member of the noise-rock band A.R.E. Weapons.[128] Sevigny and McAuley ended their relationship in early 2008, after being together for nearly eight years.[128]

In a 2009 interview, Sevigny reflected on her career, and said she was content with the level of stardom she had maintained: "When I was in my early 20s, I went out with a British pop star, Jarvis Cocker; of course, pop stars have much more celebrity, I think, than actors even. They're really hunted by their fans much more. I remember driving around these remote towns in Wales and kids running after us in the street. I was like, 'This is horrible!' And I saw the effect it had on him, and that's when I decided I never wanted to be a celebrity at that level, and I think that's why I've chosen to do the work that I do and just kind of work with directors that I love and try and do work that means something to me."[74]

In popular culture[edit]

Actor Drew Droege has a web series titled Chloë, which features him in drag, doing impersonations of Sevigny.[129]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Kids Jennie
1996 Trees Lounge Debbie
1997 Gummo Dot Also costume designer
1998 Palmetto Odette
1998 The Last Days of Disco Alice Kinnon
1999 Boys Don't Cry Lana Tisdel
1999 Julien Donkey-Boy Pearl
1999 A Map of the World Carole Mackessy
2000 American Psycho Jean
2002 Ten Minutes Older Segment 4: "Int. Trailer. Night."
2002 Demonlover Elise Lipsky
2003 Party Monster Gitsie
2003 Death of a Dynasty Sexy Woman
2003 Dogville Liz Henson
2003 The Brown Bunny Daisy
2003 Shattered Glass Caitlin Avey
2004 Melinda and Melinda Laurel
2005 Manderlay Philomena
2005 Broken Flowers Carmen's Assistant
2005 3 Needles Clara
2006 Lying Megan
2006 Sisters Grace Collier
2007 Zodiac Melanie[72]
2009 The Killing Room Emily Reilly
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Ingrid
2009 Beloved Kim Short film
2010 All Flowers in Time Holly Short film
2010 Beautiful Darling Candy Darling Voice only
2010 Barry Munday Jennifer Farley
2010 Mr. Nice Judy Marks
2013 The Wait Emma
2013 Lovelace Rebecca
2014 Little Accidents Kendra
2014 Electric Slide Charlotte
2014 The Beckoning Short film
2015 Black Dog, Red Dog Ali
2015 #Horror Alex Cox
2016 Antibirth Sadie
2016 Love and Friendship Alicia Johnson
2016 Dr. Del Brandy Sommers Television film
2016 Look Away Carolyn
2016 Kitty N/A Short film, only director and writer
2017 The Dinner Barbara In post-production
2017 Golden Exits In post-production
2017 The Snowman In post-production
2017 Lean on Pete Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Amy Television film
2004 Will & Grace Monet Episode: "East Side Story"
2005 Mrs. Harris Lynne Tryforos Television film
2006–2011 Big Love Nicolette Grant 53 episodes
2011 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself 2 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Christine Hartwell Episode: "Valentine's Day"
2012 Hit & Miss Mia 6 episodes
2012 Louie Jeanie Episode: "Looking for Liz/Lilly Changes"
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Shelley 6 episodes
2013 Portlandia Alexandra 9 episodes
2013 The Mindy Project Christina 6 episodes
2014 Doll & Em Herself 2 episodes
2014 The Switch Sü Phan, Chris Episode: "Pilot"[130]
2014 Those Who Kill Catherine Jensen 10 episodes
2014 The Cosmopolitans Vicky Frasier Episode: "Pilot"
2015–2016 Bloodline Chelsea O'Bannon 10 episodes
2015–2016 American Horror Story: Hotel Dr. Alex Lowe 12 episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Role Artist
1993 "Sugar Kane" Girl Sonic Youth
1994 "Big Gay Heart" Girl at Club The Lemonheads
1994 "Autumn" Girl Doug Aitken
1995 "Old Jerusalem" Girl Palace Music
2005 "I Feel Like the Mother of the World" Maid Smog
2008 "Gamma Ray (Version 1)" Dancer Beck
2009 "Any Fun" Skateboarder Coconut Records
2009 "Lazy Slam" The Slits
2011 "Make Some Noise/Fight For Your Right (Revisited)" Girl[131] Beastie Boys

Awards and nominations[edit]

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